Pilgyu Kang

Pilgyu Kang wears a dark-blue suit, striped tie, and glasses in his faculty profile for the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Titles and Organizations

Assistant Professor, Affiliate faculty in Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5973
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3620
Mail Stop: 6E9
Email: pkang7@gmu.edu

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Prior to coming to Mason Pilgyu Kang was a postdoctoral research associate in Nam Research Group in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research focuses on developing flexible optoelectronic sensors and devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), for example, Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). He is also working on research (1) developing integrated graphene-photonic crystals systems for various flexible/wearable sensor applications including strain sensor, pressure sensor, and biochemical sensor, as well as (2) surface topography-engineered graphene-based optoelectronic systems for highly stretchable and flexible sensor devices.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests

  • Sensors
  • Micro and nano mechanics


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